InterUnit suspends military activities in Donbass

Statement No. 10: InterUnit suspends military activities in Donbass

InterUnit is a political-military group founded by internationalists in 2015 to support the resistance in Donbass and the struggle of the most progressive of the local militia groups, the Ghost Brigade (Prizrak).

We are following the best examples of the antifascist and internationalist experience of the 20th Century: the Spanish Civil War, the European Resistance and liberation movements of the last 70 years. Since summer 2015, we’ve been fighting on the northwest front line of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

The Donbass resistance is doing everything possible to implement the “Minsk II Agreement.” We are not battling the Ukrainian Army anymore. There are still daily clashes and people still die, but day after day the military activities decline. We have a situation of “no war and no peace” that might go on for several years.

Given the new political scenario, we believe that a diplomatic agreement will soon be reached for this situation, probably based on the document signed two years ago.

We don’t want to impede the peace process because the Donbass people still trust in it, and that’s to whom we made our commitments.

InterUnit achieved several goals, in the war and politically. It’s not necessary to talk about the war now, but politically, we made a big contribution to this struggle. We built a bridge between the Donbass resistance and Western antifascist movements, a connection for information, solidarity and recruitment. Almost 30 fighters joined InterUnit, coming from Chile, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain and the U.S. We built strong relationships with several political and military movements all around the world, and this is why the Donbass war is on the political agenda of many antifascist organizations in Western countries. Our work made it possible for Prizrak to become the most well-known Donbass group in Western countries.

We will be forever grateful to the comrades who supported InterUnit and Donbass from all around the world by traveling here, organizing meetings, collecting aid, filming documentaries, writing articles and books, etc.

Circumstances in Donbass have changed. Prizrak itself is changing. It’s no longer the time of people’s militia and partisan war: now a regular army has to be built. This is something different from our project and it’s time for InterUnit to also make a change. We are a political-military group, a status that doesn’t match well with the regular army. We think that our efforts now could be more useful in some other way.

For all those reasons, InterUnit has decided to suspend its military activities in Donbass.

InterUnit is not over — we will be ready to go back into action quickly, here or elsewhere in the world. We’ll never stop our internationalist struggle, hoping that our example will push more comrades to fight.

This war is just a part of the wide conflict that is burning all around the world. We will keep on fighting for freedom, justice and peace, and against fascism and exploitation.

Onwards to victory!

No pasaran!

Kirovsk, Lugansk People’s Republic
January 16, 2017

English text by InterUnit
Edited by Greg Butterfield

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